Canada: Service Canada Stops Processing LMIA Applications in Alberta

Posted by Immigration Law Team|Canada Immigration
Apr 17

In brief

On April 19, 2017, it was announced that Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) will refuse to process Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) applications for certain high-wage occupations in Alberta, effective immediately.


In an effort to promote hiring Canadians and Albertans first, ESDC has announced that it will not process LMIA applications for 29 high-wage occupations in Alberta, effective immediately. This moratorium is expected to last for 24 months and will impact the following occupations:

– Human resources managers

– Engineering managers

– Purchasing agents and officers

– Production logistics coordinators

– Civil engineers

– Mechanical engineers

– Electrical and electronic engineers

– Geological and mineral technologists and technicians

–  Civil engineering technologists and technicians

– Industrial engineering and manufacturing technologists and technicians

– Non-destructive testers and inspection technicians

– Contractors and supervisors, electrical trades and telecommunications occupations

– Machinists and machining and tooling inspectors

– Welders and related machine operators

– Electricians (except industrial and power system)

– Industrial electricians

– Plumbers

– Carpenters

– Contractors and supervisors, mechanic trades

– Contractors and supervisors, heavy equipment operator crews

– Construction millwrights and industrial mechanics

–  Heavy-duty equipment mechanics

– Motor vehicle body repairers

–  Transport truck drivers

– Contractors and supervisors, oil and gas drilling and services

– Oil and gas well drillers, servicers, testers and related workers

– Oil and gas well drilling and related workers and service operators

– Oil and gas drilling, servicing and related labourers

– Petroleum, gas and chemical process operators


As Alberta’s economy is highly connected to the resource sector, the decision to refuse to process LMIA applications for the above listed occupations, including a number of applied science professions and skilled trades, will have a significant impact on Alberta businesses. Employers should review their current foreign worker population to identify any employees who may be affected by this initiative within the next two years.

For further information on LMIA applications for these occupations in Alberta, please contact a member of our team at PwC Law LLP.

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